By 2004, Stephan Micus (MEE-koos) has recorded over 20 solo albums of his multi-tracked, multi-ethnic music, mostly for the ECM Records label. But three decades earlier, the young musician stopped to visit WBAI in New York, and later Charles Amirkhanian at KPFA and left an hour-long tape of his music before disappearing into the ozone.
From the original 1974 program description: Improvisations for wooden recorders, sitar, zither, cymbals, bamboo flute, and concert flute by a young musician from Germany named Stephan Micus (born January 19, 1953, Stuttgart). All of his music is improvised and played by himself. Micus has travelled widely throughout Europe (especially Spain), North Africa, the Middle East, India and the United States, studying the music of each country and region. Micus dropped by the KPFA studios in early 1974 and left some of his recorded performances which are inspiring spiritual and meditative gems.
[0:00] Start of program, East Asian flute solo piece
[5:38] Sitar accompanied by guitar
[10:37] Duet with flute and oboe-like instrument
[14:20] Tibetan bells and dulcimer
[21:39] Flute solo
[46:04] Flute duet
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Stephan Micus is famous for his sparse melodies and worldly influences.
This is one of his earlier pieces (he's recorded lots of albums) and actually the first piece of his I've heard. I can't compare it to his later stuff, except to say it contains lots of solos, lots of meditative melodies, lots of focused playing. It never gets very intense
The songs are there and seem (to me at least) a litle forgettable. Evanescent perhaps, and a track where you'll notice the silences more than the melodies itself. The performer is less concerned with melodic development than blending in with natural background noises. It's like listening to bird songs for hours and being struck by the complexity in seemingly-simple repetitions.
Other note: the download link has disappeared! On my winamp I can right-click the track on my playlist, choose info/properties to find the correct link. Still, would be nice if Archive.org could fix this.
(Micus has an interesting interview on archive.org--not so much about music than natural background noises and silences. truly his music is fused to his love for the outdoors and simple loving").